[talk-au] Gold Coast Suburb Boundaries

Daniel O'Connor daniel.oconnor at gmail.com
Wed Nov 27 12:50:37 UTC 2013

If you want to do something that helps, but aren't sure where to begin on
the technical parts; try doing the following up on the first step of the
import guidelines' advice: ask for explicit permission.

Here's two other examples of it working successfully

If you can't get an answer from data.qld.gov.au (
https://data.qld.gov.au/dataset/locality-boundaries-queensland) consider
approaching NRM; who might have a closer relationship with the data set
maintainer (

On Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 6:38 AM, Steve Dalton <steve at refactor.com.au> wrote:

> Thanks everyone,  that great info.  I'll talk to the council about it.
> They are keen to help.  They might be able to also help with overall qld to
> issue.
> In meantime I'll see if I can manually fix my suburb
> Sent from my Android phone
> On 27 Nov 2013 05:18, "Ben Kelley" <ben.kelley at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi.
>> In terms of "Is there a way to enter it?" suburb/town boundaries are an
>> admin boundary. Make a relation of the ways that enclose the area with
>> boundary=admin. Check the wiki for the right level for towns/suburbs. (I
>> think 8 but I could be wrong.)
>>    - Ben Kelley.
>>  On 27 Nov 2013 00:03, "Steve Dalton" <steve at refactor.com.au> wrote:
>>> Hi All
>>> Finally found the AU OSM list!
>>> I'm currently doing a bit of work with OSM for a client and I've
>>> stumbled on a problem I had some time ago. Gold Coast suburbs are
>>> completely wrong!
>>> I'm pretty new to OSM - so forgive my ignorance here, but from what I
>>> can see the administrative boundary for suburb is just set from a
>>> point and it just calculates your suburb from the nearest
>>> administrative point. So I live in Parkwood (no point has been set for
>>> this), my street comes up as Nerang and the street next to me comes up
>>> as Helensvale!
>>> If I was to get hold of proper suburb boundaries from the council - is
>>> there any way to even enter it? I can't quite see how. Has anyone in
>>> other cities done this? I did see some reference to Adelaide in the
>>> list archives but as I've not done a lot of geospatial work some of
>>> the terms and formats were new to me.
>>> There is quite a bit of support for Open Data at the moment in Gold
>>> Coast City council, so would appreciate any advice from other
>>> contributors on the best format for data, best way to get this data
>>> into OSM (if possible) and how best to work with the council.
>>> I would really like to encourage OSM usage more in my local area - but
>>> with a fundamental problem like this - it's a bit embarrassing. My
>>> general response to things like this is to use RMS's words "We can fix
>>> that!" but I'm a little stumped here on how to go about it, so any
>>> help appreciated.
>>> Many thanks
>>> Steve
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